Siemens: Supplies to the Front Lines

Siemens makes changes at the top as it heads the effort on the front lines

Seemingly encircled on Europe’s coronavirus map, Siemens’ Munich, Germany headquarters are currently working on an engineering initiative to combat the rapidly spreading pandemic. Only the company won’t just be helping its home country or neighbors; it’s launching a full-scale, worldwide counteroffensive on the virus by manufacturing medical equipment using its 3D printing capabilities. Perhaps most crucially, it will also proceed with this plan under new leadership.

Joe Kaeser will step down, effective early next year, as Siemens AG CEO after more than seven years in that role and 40 years with the German company. He is not pursuing a contract extension but is proposed as chairman of spinoff Siemens Energy’s supervisory board, per a Siemens press release from March 19.

Kaeser is being replaced in the CEO role by Roland Busch, who is receiving a new five-year contract. Busch already is assuming duties for Siemens’ operating companies’ digital industries, smart infrastructure and mobility duties prior to taking the overall lead early next year, but replacing a 40-year man named Kaeser at a German company will be big shoes to fill.

Meanwhile, Michael Sen, who had been CEO designate for the power and renewables spinoff Siemens Energy, is leaving the company by mutual agreement, according to the release. Instead, Linde plc Executive Vice President Christian Bruch is now the designated CEO of Siemens Energy, which is set to be separated from the main company later this year. “Siemens is setting the course for establishing the next generation of management,” read the company press release. “To this end, the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG has made pivotal personnel decisions at an extraordinary meeting today.” Departing along with Sen is former designated Siemens Energy Chief Financial Officer Klaus Patzak, who will be replaced by Maria Ferraro, currently CFO of Digital Industries Operating Co. Sen will leave the company on a daily basis but will remain available as adviser to the president and CEO of Siemens AG until the spring of 2021, according to the company.

As it sets a course for the next generation of management, Siemens is simultaneously taking charge on the front line battle against the coronavirus. The company opened its additive manufacturing network (3D printing technology) March 26 to enable the “efficient execution of design and printing requests” by doctors, hospitals and suppliers of medical equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the ongoing global health crisis caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Siemens is making its Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network (along with its 3D printers) available to the global medical community. The company attests this will help speed up the design and production of medical components. The AM Network connects users, designers and 3D-print service providers to enable faster and less complicated production of spare parts for machines like ventilators. The Siemens AM network is available globally and covers the entire value chain – from upload and simulation to checking the design up to the printing process and associated services.

Starting March 26, doctors, hospitals and organizations in need of medical devices as well as designers and service providers with medically certified printing capacities can register for free access to the Siemens AM Network. “Having worked on Additive Manufacturing for years, we offer AM solutions along the entire value chain and can print 3D parts quickly according to acute demands. To help fight COVID-19, we have opened our AM Network for hospitals and other health institutions needing spare medical parts to efficiently manage their design and printing requests”, said Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Siemens Digital Industries.

Siemens’ designers and engineers are a part of the AM Network so they can answer design requests and help convert designs into printable files. Afterwards, these components can be printed via medically certified 3D printers of partner companies that are also part of the AM Network. In addition to numerous 3D printers from partner companies, Siemens’ 3D printing machines are also connected to the network and if suitable, will also be used to locally print components and spare parts for medical devices. Printing capacities from additional service providers can easily be added to the AM Network.

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